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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Federica Biotti


Lecturer In Mental Health



I am a Lecturer In Mental Health at the Centre for Psychiatry and Mental Health. I completed my PhD in Psychology at City, University of London with a thesis on the cognitive mechanisms of Developmental Prosopagnosia. After my doctoral studies, I obtained a position as postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London to investigate the recognition of non-emotional bodily states in others in both clinical and non-clinical populations. Alongside my research activity, I am also Associate Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London.


Research Interests:

My research interests include:

Interoception. I am interested in the mechanisms responsible for the recognition of interoceptive states in self and others, and how these contribute to the development of mental health conditions.

Face perception. I have been involved in research on the mechanisms of atypical face perception in Autism Spectrum Disorder and on the cognitive processes of face recognition difficulties in Developmental Prosopagnosia.



Outstanding publications

Biotti, F., & Cook, R. (2016). Impaired perception of facial emotion in Developmental Cortex.

Biotti, F., Wu, E., Yang, H., Jiahui, G., Duchaine, B., & Cook, R. (2017). Normal composite face effects in developmental prosopagnosia. Cortex. DOI:1016/j.cortex.2017.07.018

Brewer, R., Biotti, F., Catmur, C., Press, C., Happe, F., Cook, R., & Bird, G. A. (2015). Can neurotypical individuals read autistic facial expressions? Atypical production of emotional facial expressions in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Research. DOI: 1002/aur.1508

Cook, R., & Biotti, F. (2016). Developmental Prosopagnosia. Current Biology. DOI: 1016/j.cub.2016.01.008

Biotti, F., Ahmad, S., Quinn, R., & Brewer, R. (2021). Development and validation of the Interoceptive States Static Images (ISSI) database. Behavior Research Methods. DOI:

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